My plan to triumphantly return to road racing tonight by walking the ironically named R-U-N 5K was, as many of my race-related plans have been recently, foiled, this time by heat and then severe thunderstorms. At about 3:30 pm, the race officials emailed us saying the race would be an untimed, unscored fun run due to the weather (it’s about 1,000 degrees and very humid here). The good news was that runners would get a marathon credit whether we ran it or not.
I debated on whether to still walk it because as much as I wanted to get back out there (even just walking), it was also as hot as heck and I have an early morning flight tomorrow and didn’t want the hassle of getting to/from the park and stressing my ankle before a special getaway. Luckily the decision was made for me at about 6 pm when officials told all runners and volunteers to seek shelter immediately due to severe thunderstorms. As I’m sitting here guilt-free in my air-conditioned apartment, I can hear nasty cracks of thunder and am waiting for the deluge.
The race was advertised as a “social” race – when I signed up I had to select whether I wanted a corral according to my time or if I wanted to be “social.” I chose “social,” although to be honest I think I would have gotten the same corral anyway since I’m so slow. It was supposed to start at 7 pm in Central Park, with drink specials for the runners at various restaurants after the race. It would have been my first race that started in the evening (not counting Ragnar, since that lasts multiple days) and of course my first race since The Injury. Ah, well! There’s always the France Run (8K) in a little over a week!
Have you ever had a race completely cancelled? Have you ever done an evening race? Have you ever been to Nashville? Share in the comments!